A still from the video Haris made for Ali Xeeshan. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Abdullah Haris: From cobbler to fashion photographer


LAHORE: In a profession spreading over seven years, picture taker Abdullah Haris has shot pretty much everything, from music recordings to mold battles. Through his differing assortment of work he has cut himself a corner as a blended media visual craftsman in the always developing circle of design photography. In tête-à-tête with The Express Tribune, Harris opened up on his initial profession days, motivations and aspirations.

Despite the fact that Haris began off contemplating Chartered Accountancy, he knew it wasn’t for him. The masterful vein inside of him ran profound however around then, he could scarcely manage the cost of craftsmanship school. Luckily, he didn’t see this as an impediment. “As a craftsman, it’s vital to have some sort of insufficiency so there’s a longing for additional,” he said. He remembered episodes from his modest beginnings. “I used to sit with the area shoemaker and clean shoes with him. That is the place I earned my first pay of Rs10.”

Battling with different odd occupations, Haris at long last scored a spell as a story director at a private TV slot. In spite of the fact that, he was not doing anything remotely identified with craftsmanship, the employment place him in the right setting. “I battled for the chance to shoot and deliver yet just figured out how to keep the position for a year.” after six months, Haris found an occupation at another TV channel where he created a show for eminent performers who might come and portray their stories. “I did this so I could get an opportunity to shoot them,” Haris conceded audaciously. His arrangement worked for it was through the demonstrate that vocalists Hadiqa Kiani and Ali Zafar wound up offering him their own particular music recordings. “They took me off the boulevards around 7 years prior,” said Haris. From that point, Haris recorded Ji Dhoondta Hai for Zafar and Be with You for Kiani.

Before long, Haris happened to meet architect Ali Xeeshan who acquainted him up with the design brotherhood. What’s more, now, he is working with a portion of the greatest brands in the business. This late spring alone, the picture taker tackled four yard battles which he conceded wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. “I am extremely watchful with being selective and ensured I do them equity,” he said. This could serve as confirmation for Haris’ prosperity as he is a stickler with regards to work. It isn’t uncommon to see him being credited for everything photograph shoots involve, from the styling to the idea and shooting. “I don’t have anybody in my group with the exception of two young men who convey the lights however don’t take this the wrong way. My work is similar to my child, I need to do everything for it myself,” asserted Haris.

Considering he is a movie producer on a basic level, it isn’t hard to comprehend what Haris implies when he says, “I haven’t done what I need to do yet.”

His most loved subjects appear to have emerged themselves into a reasonable procedure for Haris. The basic consistent in every one of his activities is his exceptional capacity to utilize light and shading and change something apparently unremarkable into an object of craving. Not just does he figure out how to improve the magnificence of the garments he picturises, he likewise utilizes models as a feature of a bigger story, permitting them to tell stories through his stills. Haris’ shoots run the range from restless to dull and constantly push the innovative envelope while satisfying business purposes. His portfolio is flexible and exceptional. “I have quite recently shot Fawad Khan for a brand that is declaring him as their minister,” he uncovered.

Through attractive shoots with a refined remainder, Haris is likewise nourishing the movie producer in him with ventures, for example, the design video he made for Xeeshan at PSFW, a to a great degree dim and obscure idea which left everybody dazed. He at last uncovered the thought behind it. “I needed Xeeshan to investigate his acting aptitudes as a mental patient who’s lost his brain over Rabia Butt. The thought was to indicate Rabia taking without end his heart however we demonstrated to it actually with her shooting him.” The video was a great illustration of Haris joining Xeeshan’s affection for stun quality and his own inclination for telling stories. “I’m a movie producer on a basic level so I get a kick out of the chance to assemble a storyline, whether it’s in film or photography,” said Haris.